Sweet Potato Puree with Browned-Butter Maple Syrup
The natural sweetness in sweet potatoes makes this dish taste less-healthy than it actually is. For a more orange-y color, use yams.
Source: Martha Stewart magazine, also shown here
4 pounds sweet potatoes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, if desired
Scoop out flesh from sweet potatoes, and puree in a food processor with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt until smooth (you may need to do this in 2 batches). Season with pepper.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add butter; cook, swirling, until deep brown with a nutty aroma. Remove from heat; swirl in syrup. Reheat puree; transfer to a bowl. Pour butter over top; sprinkle with pecans.